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  • Word Perfect

  • Curious Coinages and Etymological First Aid for Every Day of the Year
  • By: Susie Dent
  • Narrated by: Susie Dent
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Categories: Education & Learning
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Lexicographer and all-round word expert, queen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner for over 20 years, regular columnist for the Independent, Radio Times and The Week, Susie Dent is a national treasure. Her warm witty tweets reintroducing us to the words that we all need more in our lives from scurryfunge (frantically tidying up by shoving things into a cupboard just before visitors arrive) to apricity, (the warmth of the sun on a winter's day) are among the internet's most shared - now she's turning them into a linguistic almanac.

From 1st January to 31st December the listener will discover a curious coinage or a fascinating etymological fact linked to that particular day - from the dramatic true story behind stealing someone's thunder to the original Jack the Lad. Word Perfect gathers all her very best discoveries from the true origin of freelancer which comes from knights who were free to use their lance for whoever paid most, rather than being tied to a single lord. (Also secretaries kept your secrets so were secretries).

Sticks and stones should probably be still avoided but words, especially in the hands of Susie Dent, will never hurt you. We don't have to choose the negative, Word Perfect offers a vivid reminder that you can be gruntled, ruthful, couth, ruly, kempt, pecunious, toward, whelmed and full of gorm. And we all need a bit more of that in our lives.

©2020 Susie Dent (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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"Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words and language." (Pam Ayres)

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Lovely book but has technical issues

The content of this book is wonderful. It is both interesting and entertaining and Susie reads it well. Unfortunately there's a technical glitch somewhere which means that if you play the audiobook via an iPod the volume level moves up and down in an irritating manner so that it's quiet at one moment and then suddenly much louder the next. This doesn't happen with any other audiobooks I play on the iPod so I have to assume it's an issue with the recording. Hopefully this issue will be rectified in the future, at which point I will be an extremely happy listener.

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